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What's the best way to do this?

by bones2006 / July 29, 2006 1:23 PM PDT

I own 8 fitness centers in my hometown and know nothing about networking and want to bring our centers into the 21st century and need some advice. I understand some of the things I've researched so far but I don't understand how it all gets "connected". Here's my situation. Right now we're not connected to a central network. We currently have two computers at each location, one in the entrance area and one in the office which I think are "peer" networked. We need a networked tracking system for all eight centers to maintain records of client usage. This will also allow clients with particular needs and/or interests to match up with specialized equipment and trainers at different centers. I plan on installing 3 computers in each training area so the staff doesn't have to come into the office every time to look up the customer records. Customers should not have access to these computers, we'll want to install wireless access for customers in our lounges so they can check email & have internet access. I plan to update all hardware and software and would like the PCs to print to local and networked printers. I think that's it. I need advice on the physical setup, security, hardware and software. Would this be a LAN, MAN, or WAN? Do I need servers? Any advice anyone can provide is greatly appreciated.

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The short version.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2006 8:51 PM PDT

1. Install broadband at each site. Now you have the internet.

2. At the home office install your VPN SERVER. Windows 2003 for instance.

3. Install your SQL (MySQL?) database there.

4. For the remote clients, have them VPN to the home office. Bingo, one big network.

5. For WIFI, the routers at the sites could have WIFI or add it later.

This is not an offer to grind the detail any further but to give a top level view of the solution.


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One more thing
by pratapan / August 5, 2006 11:36 AM PDT

Assuming that you buy 4 routers capable of VPN connecions, make sure each site uses a unique LAN address/network. If you use the default settings, all 8 sites will be the 192.168.0.x.24 network. Make the third octet unique fo each site. (192.168.1 - 192.168.8)


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